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Golovko karina

  1. 1. 5. Research Methodology:  Review of literature and theory on gender difference and stress, HRM, Maltese and UK’s manufacturing sector.  Comparative case study approach carried out in two whirlpool components manufacturing companies.  Questionnaires distributed to all employees in both companies.  In-depth / semi-structured interviews with clerical and manual employees.  Open format diaries will be distributed. 6. My Progress: First year into my PhD research. Currently working on Literature review. 1.Research Area: An investigation of gender differences amongst clerical and manual employees in two manufacturing companies. 2. Problem:  Stress is the 2nd most reported work related health problem in Europe. It affects the health and safety of individuals, but also the health of organizations.  There has been limited research on the issue of gender difference and stress in manufacturing companies concerning clerical and manual employees.  Are the factors that predict stress different for men and women and what shapes these?  Do men and women have different coping styles? 3. Aims of the Research: This research will examine which stress variables have greater negative effect on men and women. This investigation will be carried out in two whirlpool components manufacturing companies based in Malta and the UK. 4. Study will Explore: 1. What are stressors in the companies and whether combinations of stressors impact upon workers differently according to gender? 2. The study will identify the perceptions of stress and investigate different coping styles by gender. 3. The study will explore the factors that contribute to work related stress including organizational size and gender divisions, work life balance and working conditions. Figure 1 : A drop in stress levels was observed in old member states countries, EU 15. UK is the country with lowest level of stress Figure 2: Stress levels in the new member states (EU 10) is markedly higher. Malta saw an increase of 12% in work related stress. Work Related Stress Karina Golovko

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